Bulletin Announcements – December 6, 2015

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December 6, 2015

THOUGHTS ON STEWARDSHIP: “As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.’” (Luke 3:4 ESV)   God makes long range plans: Isaiah lived more than seven hundred years before St. John the Baptist preached by the Jordan River. Obviously God sees farther into the future than we do! That’s yet another reason to trust Him when it comes to how He tells us to live our lives: He knows what’s coming and we don’t.

THE ADULT BIBLE CLASS, led by Pastor Lueck and meeting in the church basement at 9:15 a.m. is studying “Lutheran Doctrine and Practice Today”.

TODAY’S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON is “The Birth of John Foretold.” The children learned that God in His mercy promised to send John to prepare sinful people for the coming of the Lord. God in His Word calls us to repentance, declaring us righteous because of His Son, Jesus. In your family discussions ask, “When have you doubted God’s Word? How does God forgive and relieve our doubts?”

MIDWEEK ADVENT WORSHIP SERVICES: The 2nd of our three Advent Worship Services takes place this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. The message: “Advent Faith”. The meal, a free-will Offering will be given to Seminarian Bradley Ferch from Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN. That meal begins at 5:30 p.m. and you can sign-up on the sheet in the narthex.

THANK YOU to everyone who helped decorate the narthex and Sanctuary for Advent/Christmas. It looks wonderful and we appreciate your help during this fellowship event.

VOTER’S DIRECTIVES: Following the directives of the voters following the recent meeting we have a sheet with Fund Balances available for pick-up on the table in the narthex. Please note the Organ Fund money will be used once the scheduled work is completed in early 2016. Also, there are Financial Statements in the church office for those interested.

 SPECIAL REQUEST – IT’S A CARD SHOWER:  In honor of her 100th birthday on December 17,2015, Pauline Hanner’s family would appreciate a card or note be sent to her. She is a charter member of Good Shepherd and has gladly served her church and community all her life.  Cards can be mailed to:   Pauline Hanner   C/O Apostolic Christian Home   610 W Cruger Ave   Eureka IL  61530

LUTHERAN ANNUAL: It’s time again to order copies of “The Lutheran Annual”. The cost is $28.00. If you are interested in obtaining a copy, please contact Janet or Sandy in the church office by phone (309) 662-8905 or by email: goodshepherdblm@frontier.com, or even in person!

CHOIR PRACTICE: Choir is meeting every Wednesday from 7-8:00 p.m. and we always need more voices. If you would like to learn more about choir, contact Steve Parry at drparry68@outlook.com or (309) 533-5200. Come make a joyful noise until the Lord!

FELLOWSHIP HOSTS: The sign-up for help with coffee/doughnuts is posted on the wall by the north stairwell. We need an individual/family to sign-up each week to pick up the donuts and make the coffee. If no one is signed up by Friday of each week, the order will be cancelled. We thank everybody who continues to help with this part of our church fellowship.

YOU ARE INVITED to take a free 20-minute walking tour and experience “The Journey” that Mary and Joseph took so many years ago. This tour features indoor and outdoor scenes with live drama, live animals and singing. The “Journeys” begin inside every 10 minutes from 5-7:00 p.m. next Sunday, December 13th at Christ Lutheran Church, 311 N. Hershey Rd., in Normal. Free cookies and hot chocolate will be available. Meals are also available for purchase between 4:30 and 7:00 p.m. If you would like more information, please call Christ Lutheran Church at (309) 452-5609.

POSITION AVAILABLE: Christ Lutheran Church at 311 N. Hershey Road in Normal is seeking to hire an Office Manager. The list of Qualifications is posted on the bulletin board. You may submit a letter of interest and resume to Christ Lutheran Church, Attention: Employment Committee; or email to: clcms@frontier.com. For additional details see http://christlutherannormal.org.

THE LUTHERAN HOUR: “The Lord Is Near” is the topic for next Sunday. The sermon text will be from Philippians 4:4-7. God’s message is simple and straightforward: Jesus is near-put trust in Him! The speaker will be Reverend Gregory Seltz. Hear this Sunday’s message on the Lutheran Hour on WGN (720) at 6:00 a.m.; WJWR (104.7 FM) and WJWR (90.3 FM) both on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Also, if you can receive Lincoln, IL radio station WLLM (1370 AM) the program is broadcast two times on Sunday at 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tune in! You can also listen to The Lutheran Hour on your personal computer at RealAudio, www.lhm.org.

PRAYER CHAIN: If you have a prayer request please submit them by email to Mary Anne Kirchner at makirchner@yahoo.com or you may phone a Prayer Request to Mary Anne; her home # is (309) 661-6522; her cell phone# is (309) 532-2582. The Prayer Request box is on the table in the narthex for any written requests.

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